Munich Codex Hebraicus 95 is the only surviving manuscript in the world that contains, with the exception of two missing leaves, the complete text of the Babylonian Talmud including some extra tracts (Masechtot Ketanot): Derech Eretz Zuta, Pirkei Avot, Kalla, Soferim, and Gerim. In addition, the manuscript contains some texts that do not relate directly to the Talmud. Numerous entries of the names of owners make it possible to trace the history of the manuscript, which was written in France in 1342. According to an entry in a manuscript of a Bible now preserved at the State and University Library of Hamburg, this Talmud was in the possession of the Jewish merchant family Ulma in Pfersee near Augsburg in the year 1772. Some time later it was sold to the Augustinian priory of Polling (Upper Bavaria). After the dissolution of the monastery in 1803, the manuscript was transferred together with other valuable books to the Munich Court Library, which became the Bavarian State Library, where it is now preserved.
This story is one of my favorite stories from the Babylonian Talmud.
מר בר רב אשי איצטריך אגודא גמלא אשתין. אמרו ליה חמתך קאתיא. אמר להו באודנה!
Mar Bar Rav Ashi was walking on a bridge when he needed to urinate. They said to him, “Your mother-in-law is coming.” He said to them, “[Let her come.] I will piss in her ear!”
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